Belgium opened a new €20 million “zero emissions” polar science station in Antarctica on Sunday, returning to the continent to study climate change 42 years after closing its first base there.
The Princess Elisabeth research hub is totally energy-self-sufficient and also aims not to emit any carbon dioxide, according to the International Polar Foundation, which runs the base.
Read the full article, here.
On the occasion of the first edition of its Public Design Festival, esterni announces an international call for entries to search for ideas and projects for public spaces; among all submissions, 10 projects will be selected, carried out and presented during the festival, that will take place in Milan on April 18-26 2009. This unique opportunity to design a planned intervention on an urban parking area is open to different types of approaches, from community service to urban furniture.
Architects: Carlos Meza, Alejandro Piñol, Germán Ramírez, Miguel Torres
Location: Villanueva, Colombia
Collaborators: Andrés Rodríguez Cabra y Diana Pizano
Client: National Ministry of Culture, Casanare Government
Graphic design, logo & artwork: Santiago Piñol
Builder: UT Quimper: Ing. Camilo Blanco y Arq. Óscar Pontón
Project year: 2006
Site Area: 2,500 sqm
Constructed Area: 1,551 sqm
Photographs: Nicolás Cabrera, Alejandro Piñol
The prize is only a few weeks away (it usually gets announced on March 31st) and we decided to setup a poll with the given names and the possibility that you add your own candidate.
Lets see if the ArchDaily community can guess the next Pritzker. Poll available on the sidebar or after the break:
The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England, was designed by Daniel Libeskind and completed in 2001. The museum was mainly sorrounded by a plain exterior, occupied by a parking lot. The canal-side building is planning a new design landscape and collected proposals from several firms in a competition. The entries have come to five finalists, from which the final design should be chosen this March.
The finalists are:
Seen on designboom. The proposals, after the break.
3XN just shared with us their winning entry for the Randers Museum of Art, a “sculpture sitting in a sculpture garden” according to the architects, a sinuous building both open to both the town and the landscape. The red-tile façade of the exterior becomes the roof, and similarly on the inside, the floor becomes a wall, and then the wall a ceiling.
From the architects:
Location: Lora, Split, Croatia
Architects: 3LHD Architects
Team: Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Silvije Novak, Tatjana Grozdanic Beg Matija Crnoovic, Irena Mazer, Drajen Pejkovic – IGH, Matija Crnogorac, Ivana Krneta, Zarko Perisin, Maja Ivanovski, Martina Ruzic, Gorana Barbabic, Darina Matosic Maticevic, Janja Novakovic, Filip Dubrovski
Program: public, business, leisure, sport, transportation, retail
Client: Sportski grap TPN d.o.o.
Our green friends from Inhabitat just shared this with us: Morris Architects, a Houston-based architecture and design firm, recently took top honors for two of their submissions in the Radical Innovation in Hospitality design competition. The grand prize winner, the Oil Rig Platform Resort and Spa makes use of one of 4,000 oil rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico and transforms it into a luxurious eco-resort and spa.
More details on the project, here.
More images after the break.
Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture in conjunction with the American Institute of Architecture Students will host a symposium and workshop April 15-16 that will focus on making its campus more environmentally friendly.
The goal of the symposium is to develop a green action plan that is backed by Texas Tech administration and facilities planners and can be implemented to help reduce energy usage and paper waste on campus.
More details about the symposium on the official website.